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Some definitions may be in order: “Hard rock” below can mean anything from “in the tradition of 1985 Hüsker Dü” (Leatherface) to “in the tradition of 1989 Faster Pussycat” (Valerian) to “in the tradition of 1985 Hüsker Dü crossed with 1989 Faster Pussycat” (Wildhearts) to “sort of like if Courtney Love joined Vixen and they covered Romeo Void’s most famous song so you could finally make out the words, which turn out to be really good” (Slunt) to “funky French Quebecois R.E.O. Speedwagon fans covering the Sonics” (Navajo Code Talkers). “Pop-rock” below ranges from “early Go-Gos crossed with early Divinyls” (Charms) to, um, “late Go-Gos crossed with late Divinyls” (Strines). And “powerpop” signifies “the most consistently energetic and least self-defeatingly mush-mouthed album in recent memory to contain a version of the Beach Boys’ ‘Heroes and Villains.’ ” Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


AROMA

Olfato Femenino

(Fonovisa Mexican cumbia-pop album)

fonovisa.com/aroma.html

Listen to a clip from Olfato Femenino (Windows Media)

JORGE BEN JOR

Reactivus Amor Est

(Turbo Philosophorum)

(Universal Music Latino funk-samba album)

Jorge Ben Jor at universalmusic.com.br

“Mexe, Mexe” (Real Player)

“Mexe, Mexe” (Windows Media)

“Gabriel, Rafael, Miguel” (Real Player)

“Gabriel, Rafael, Miguel” (Windows Media)

“O Rei E Rosa Cruz” (Real Player)

“O Rei E Rosa Cruz” (Windows Media)

THE CHARMS

So Pretty

(Primary Voltage pop-rock EP)

primaryvoltage.com/thecharms.htm

“The Wishsong” (MP3 clip)

“The Wishsong” video (Windows Media)

LEATHERFACE

Dog Disco

(BYO hard rock album)

byorecords.com

NAVAJO CODE TALKERS

Heavy Dirty Sounds

(Boogie Van import hard rock album)

Stream “One Night Standards (An Ode to Grey Zones)” in Real Player

PUCHO & HIS LATIN SOUL BROTHERS

The Hideout

(Milestone Latin jazzsoul boogaloo album)

“The Hideout” (Real Player clip)

“The Hideout” (Windows Media Player clip)

“Born to Groove” (Real Player clip)

“Born to Groove” (Windows Media Player clip)

THE RUBINOOS

Crimes Against Music

(Zip powerpop album)

rubinoos.com

“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (MP3)

“Double Shot” (MP3)

“Hold Me” (Quicktime video)

“Promise Me” (Quicktime movie)

SLUNT

Slunt

(Repossession hard rock EP)

slunt.net

“The Best Thing” (MP3)

“Never Say Never” (MP3)

THE STRINES

Dog-ger-el

(I.N.S. pop-rock album)

thestrines.com

Stream songs at thestrines.com/music.htm

TRICK DADDY

Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets

(Slip-N-Serve/Atlantic Southern hip-hop album)

trickdaddy.com

VALERIAN

Intimations of Sorrow

(City Canyons hard rock album)

citycanyons.com/valerian

“Liar” (MP3)

“Nothing Will Ever Take Me Away” (MP3)

THE WILDHEARTS

Riff After Riff

(Gearhead hard rock album)

gearheadrecords.com

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